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WHITE   DOG

We youngsters liked the Buffalo Dance, because
we could all take part in it. The 'buffalo stone"
—a peculiar-shaped red stone—was always ex-
tremely rare on the plains. No one ever knew
where they came from. They were just found
lying there on the prairie, about a foot long and
shaped something like a buffalo, solely by the
hand of Nature. Whenever the Indians came
upon one of them they stopped forthwith and
held a dance over It; for It was considered
a sure sign that buffalo would be 'taken*. A
peculiar angle of the Buffalo Dance was that
If more females took part in the dance than
males, it meant that we would get more cows
than buffalo bulls—and we liked the cows much
better*

Five days after wre had held the Buffalo Dance
—when we had gone a good distance north—one
of our warriors, Kltslponlsta, noticed some buffalo-
birds over to our right, which kept flying up into
the air and then disappearing again into what
seemed to be a coulee. It was the habit of these
birds to live on the buffalo, gaining all of their
food by sitting on the backs of the buffalo and
eating off the ticks. So Kitsiponlsta drew the
attention of our chief to these birdss and said
that he believed that there were buffalo in that
direction,

The chief told us to make a halt long enough for

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